IMES Blog

January 10, 2019

A Shia Christmas and the Incarnate Word of God

by Wissam Nasrallah After an overdose of podcasts, I turned on the radio in the hope of finding something “light” to listen to, as I was desperately trying to make my way through the organized anarchy of traffic in Beirut.
January 3, 2019

IMES Regional Brief – January 2019

  Dear Reader, At the beginning of 2019, the IMES team would like to thank you for accompanying us on our journey over the past year through the various countries of the MENA region. Today, we are preparing for new tours, which we begin today. We always examine critical issues […]
December 20, 2018

A Christmas Message from the Institute of Middle East Studies

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle, the members of the IMES team reflected on the meaning of Christmas and how it is embodied in their work within the Institute. Our team members share their reflections below, along with their Christmas greetings.
December 13, 2018

Death in the Shadows of Displacement: forced migration, deathliness, and the hope for life

By Brent Hamoud How do we share a world with over 68 million victims of displacement?  This is a defining question of the 21st century as unprecedented numbers of individuals have been uprooted from their homes and thrust into precarious existences on the fringes of our global systems.  The phenomenon […]
December 6, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – December 2018

  Dear Reader, Socio-economic realities in the MENA are not improving. In our Regional Brief for December 2018, we highlight issues of concern from Lebanon, Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan, Palestine and Iraq. Endemic corruption and the absence of reform in the educational system persists without any real transformation. Suffering and grief […]
November 29, 2018

The Church-Mosque Network as an Expression of the Incarnation: A Message for Advent

By Martin Accad Two sheikhs, three priests, and an evangelical theologian walk out of a mosque in the warm breeze of a late afternoon in June. Cars slow down and stare at the unlikely crew, as they move slowly beneath the elegant spire of the Aisha Bint Abi Bakr mosque […]
November 21, 2018

Standing on the Edge of a River: Palestine, Israel, and Identity

By Nabil Habiby It has been a rough week for Palestinians. They witnessed yet more Arab concessions to Israel. Their land continues to shrink. Their hopes of ever achieving freedom from oppression grow slimmer.
November 15, 2018

Rights over Might: The United Nations, Religious Freedom and our Role and Responsibility

By Wissam al-Saliby* Many of my fellow Evangelicals have expressed dissatisfaction with the United Nations, sharing views ranging from, “The U.N. is an evil global government” to, “The U.N. is inefficient and useless.” One question, among many, is “What is the U.N. doing for religious freedom?” I will attempt to […]